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Walnut Hill School for the Arts

Summer Programs


Each summer, Walnut Hill School for the Arts welcomes hundreds of talented  students from across the country and around the world to our Natick, Massachusetts, campus for immersive summer arts programs. Students enhance their skills and  work with expert faculty and peers who share their exceptional abilities and love  for the arts. The perfect blend of serious study and summer fun, Walnut Hill’s  programs offer intensive training within a supportive, creative environment.

2019 Summer Programs

Youth Dance (July 22-August 10)

Ages 10-13

Our three-week Summer Youth Dance Program, specifically designed for  younger dancers, offers small classes  and three placement levels to maximize opportunities for individual attention. Youth Dancers experience a full range  of classes—ballet technique, pointe or pre-pointe, variations, modern, jazz,  and yoga—taught by a faculty of world- renowned dance educators. The program ends with a final showcase open to family and friends. Students can attend as day  students or boarders.

Dance (June 22-July 27)

Ages 13-17

The Summer Dance Program is a five-week, pre-professional boarding and day intensive  designed for the serious dancer. In this  comprehensive ballet-based program,  students take daily classes, including pointe and variations, modern, jazz, men’s  technique, character, Pilates, and TRX  Suspension Training. Students also learn  about related topics such as injury prevention and stage lighting. Our faculty is comprised of world-renowned educators who have enjoyed careers as professional dancers. The program culminates in a repertory  performance open to family and friends.

Theater (June 22-July 21)

Ages 13-17

The Summer Theater Program’s unique combination of studio classes and  professionally mounted stage productions allows students to both develop their craft and apply their skills in performance. During the four-week boarding program, each student takes daily classes in acting, musical theater, and dance and is cast in  a play and a musical. Class sizes are  intentionally small, affording students individualized attention and a supportive environment in which to develop and strengthen their work. In the latter weeks of the program, students take the stage  for public performances of the shows  that they have been rehearsing; past  productions have included Nice Work If You Can Get It, Xanadu, As You Like It, and Love and Information.

Visual Art (July 22-August 9)

Ages 12-17

Summer Visual Art is a three-week day program designed for students interested in refining their skills in visual art while exploring new techniques. This intensive program features a range of courses in ceramics, traditional and digital collage, sculpture, and painting and drawing.  

The program takes place in Walnut Hill’s Dartley Visual Art Center and utilizes the School’s wide range of studio spaces.  Classes are taught by diverse and talented faculty members who have experience working with students at the K–12 and college levels. Building a strong portfolio while spending time on the details to create an impressive body of work is our main focus. At the close of the program, students display their artwork in a formal gallery exhibition for family and friends.

Meet Our Summer Team!

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Amanda Black

Resident Assistant

Kia Cating

Resident Assistant

Emma Davis

Resident Assistant

Evangeline Delgado

Director of Summer Student Life

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